Join Chehaw Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Creekside Center as they kick off their Conservation Lecture Series.
Chehaw will be hosting Cheetah Conservation Fund Research Technician, Eli Walker, as he gives a lecture on his experience working with cheetahs in Namibia. This is the first of a new, monthly series and is free to the public.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is the world's leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990, CCF has created a set of integrated programs aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah.
Based in Namibia, CCF is committed to saving the cheetah while simultaneously helping the local community.
Eli Grew up in Locust Grove, Georgia and has always been fascinated by animals and wildlife. Being raised in a rural farming setting taught him to appreciate the natural world and all that it provides. At an early age, Eli developed a very strong interest in cheetahs, which led him to pursue a degree in wildlife science.
Eli attended Unity College, and while there, applied for an internship with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and was accepted. After his initial internship, Eli returned to CCF several times as a student and conducted his senior thesis research there on cheetah scent-post selection.
Eli graduated from Unity College as Valedictorian of his class with a Bachelor's of Science with two majors: Wildlife Biology and Captive Wildlife Care and Education. After graduation, Eli was hired on to CCF's full time staff as a Research technician.
Eli runs CCF's Scat Detection Dog Programme, coordinates and manages CCF Namibia's social media, produces media content for CCF's programs, works closely with the husbandry team and is one of the primary handlers of CCF's ambassador Cheetahs.
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